Hump Day Fare Hacks: August 24, 2016

 

To give you a bit more insight into how I choose the deals for Hump Day Fare Hacks, I’ll start off by saying that these aren’t always the five cheapest intercontinental flights from Boston and New York. Instead, I look at current prices, and make a subjective judgement regarding which flights are the best “value.” This judgement is made given a number of factors, including the displayed price vs. normal price for that route, the distance of the route, the number of available dates, and the airline. So even though a Norwegian price, for example, might not be steeply discounted from the normal prices that Norwegian offers, the fact that its prices are significantly lower than many legacy carriers — whether the ticket is priced at a “normal” fare or “special” fare —  means that a number of Norwegian flights make their way into Hump Day Fare Hacks. And while I’m careful to not let this become a “list of Norwegian fares this week” sort of list, I do think it’s important to include them, as I’ve discovered that many people have no idea that you can fly to Europe for less than $300 round trip.

Note: All routes profiled are based on a 7-day round trip (departing and arriving the same day a week apart), unless otherwise noted. That said, I strongly encourage you to play with a variety of dates and trip lengths and see what you can find.

 

BOSTON

 

Boston – Copenhagen

Leave on:

  • October 11, 18 (return October 20, 27)

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $336

Thoughts: A bit of a hike from last week, as well as a reduction of dates. Still a fantastic price.

 

Boston – Frankfurt

Leave on:

  • November 22, 24, 26-30
  • December 1-13

Carrier: Lufthansa
Price: $525

Thoughts: A Lufthansa round trip for $525. Tickets on this route generally go well north of $800, so don’t expect this one to last.

 

Boston – Lisbon

Leave on:

  • September 12, 13, 19, 22, 27
  • October 4, 5, 10-24
  • January (2017) 9, 11-13, 15, 16, 18-20, 22, 23, 25-27, 29, 30
  • February (2017) 1-3, 5, 6, 8-10, 12, 13, 15-17, 19, 20, 22-24, 26, 27
  • March (2017) 1-3, 5, 6, 8-10, 12, 13, 15-17, 19, 20, 22-24, 26-29

Carrier: TAP Portugal
Price: $585

Thoughts: I’d come to expect sub-$700 flights from TAP, but sub-$600 is well below market value, I think.

 

Boston – London Gatwick

Leave on:

  • January (2017) 15, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30
  • February (2017) 1, 5, 8, 10, 12, 13

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $328

Thoughts: If I’m correct, this is the cheapest that BOS-LGW has ever been.

 

Boston – Oslo

Leave on:

  • September 26 (return October 4)

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $286

Thoughts: Thinking that sub-$300 Norwegian flights might need to be excluded because they’re so commonplace. That said, many people still aren’t aware of how cheap transatlantic flights can be, so out the window goes that thinking.

 

NEW YORK

 

Newark – Brussels

Leave on:

  • November 22, 23, 25-30
  • December 1-14

Carrier: United Airlines
Price: $460

Thoughts: Is sub-$500 the “new normal” for flights to Brussels? Time will tell, but I’m not super optimistic. Either way, this is a very good deal.

 

New York JFK – Johannesburg

Leave on:

  • January (2017) 11-31
  • February (2017) 1-10, 12-17, 19-23, 27, 28
  • March (2017) 1, 2, 6-8, 13-16, 21-23, 27-30

Carrier: South African Airways
Price: $906

Thoughts: A pretty solid spread of dates (although winter flights from JNB to JFK usually feature a stop in Senegal).

 

New York JFK – Oslo

Leave on:

  • December 2
  • January (2017) 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 24, 26, 27, 31
  • February (2017) 2, 3, 5, 7, 16, 17, 21, 23
  • March (2017) 2, 7, 9, 14

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $261

Thoughts: $261. $261. Move aside, Stockholm, there’s a new king of the week.

 

New York JFK – Paris

Leave on:

  • January (2017) 17, 26, 29, 31
  • February (2017) 2, 28

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $328

Thoughts: $328 for Paris is well below market price — even adjusted for “Norwegian deflation.”

 

New York JFK – Stockholm

Leave on:

  • November 25, 30
  • December 2
  • January (2017) 11, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30
  • February (2017) 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 20, 22, 24, 27

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $270

Thoughts: $12 less than last week. That statement in and of itself would be good; considering that it was $282 last week, this is even better.

Hump Day Fare Hacks: August 17, 2016

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Norwegian Air Shuttle is the most-represented carrier in this week’s edition of Hump Day Fare Hacks. Even so, the average of Norwegian’s five fares is $294.80. That is simply stunning.

There weren’t any crazy developments this week in the form of new, out-of-this-world fares. However, as I had (unfortunately) suspected, prices on EWR-HKG and JFK-HKG did not stay insanely low forever — they are now in the mid-$700 range at best from those airports. That said, the fact that they’re that low is still pretty incredible if you think about it.

For those looking to stay closer to home, you’re in luck: jetBlue is currently having a flash sale for Labor Day weekend. Buy tonight before 11:59 p.m. EDT and you’ll have the opportunity to purchase fares as low as $58 round trip (yes, round trip) to a number of different destinations (I counted 16 from Boston). Absolutely crazy.

Note: All routes profiled are based on a 7-day round trip (departing and arriving the same day a week apart), unless otherwise noted. That said, I strongly encourage you to play with a variety of dates and trip lengths and see what you can find.

 

BOSTON

 

Boston – Copenhagen

Leave on:

  • September 27 (return October 6)
  • October 11, 18 (return October 20, 27)

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $306

Thoughts: Hasn’t gone below $300 yet, but I think it well could — especially if Norwegian is having trouble selling seats. (Not saying that such is the case, but I don’t have access to the load factors for any of Boston’s Norwegian routes yet, so it could well be possible).

 

Boston – Munich

Leave on:

  • December 11, 12, 13

Carrier: Lufthansa
Price: $628

Thoughts: Any flight you can get on Lufthansa for — I’d say — less than $800 is certainly a good deal. Less than $700, even better.

 

Boston – London Gatwick

Leave on:

  • January (2017) 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30
  • February (2017) 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27
  • March (2017) 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 13, 15, 17

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $336

Thoughts: Consistently having to remind myself that this is, in fact, real.

 

Boston – Oslo

Leave on:

  • September 30 (return October 8)
  • October 17, 21 (return October 25, 29)

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $269

Thoughts: I’d have to go back and check, but this may well be the lowest fare that I’ve seen on BOS-OSL while producing Hump Day Fare Hacks. That it dropped $16 from last week and is available on two more dates than it was then is truly remarkable.

 

Boston – Tel Aviv

Leave on:

  • November 24, 26 (return December 1, 3)

Carrier: El Al
Price: $650

Thoughts: A fantastic deal for people who want to spend Thanksgiving in Israel.

 

NEW YORK

 

New York JFK – Brussels

Leave on:

  • December 15

Carrier: Brussels Airlines
Price: $460

Thoughts: This price certainly stands out, as it’s much lower than one would expect to pay on this particular route — perhaps obvious given that it’s available on only one departure date. Brussels retrofitted its Airbus A330s in 2012, and its long-haul economy product seems to be an extremely good one.

 

New York JFK – Johannesburg

Leave on:

  • August 29 September 4-14, 18-22, 25-29 October 3-5, 10-12, 14, 17-20, 24-28, 30, 31 November 1-4, 7-17, 22
  • January (2017) 11-13, 15-20, 22-27, 29-31
  • February (2017) 1-10, 12-17, 19-23, 27, 28
  • March (2017) 1, 2, 6-8, 13-16, 21-23, 27-30

Carrier: South African Airways
Price: $907

Thoughts: While this might not be a steal in terms of “face value” ticket price, it is certainly excellent value for your money — with a large selection of available dates, to boot.

 

Newark – Munich

Leave on:

  • November 16, 18, 21
  • December 10, 11, 14

Carrier: United Airlines
Price: $527

Thoughts: It might not be Lufthansa, but a sub-$600 round trip to Germany is certainly one worth considering.

 

New York JFK – Oslo

Leave on:

  • January 13, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 31
  • February 3, 5, 17

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $281

Thoughts: $1 more and a slight number of dates less than last week, but still an unbelievable deal.

 

New York JFK – Stockholm

Leave on:

  • January (2017) 18, 20, 21, 25, 27, 28
  • February (2017) 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 20, 25, 27

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $282

Thoughts: See everything (directly) above? Same applies here.